Essays

Re: One Year Later

(or cavorting with the enemy in my old haunts) by The Inmate It is hard to believe that a little over a year ago I, along with nearly 3,000 other employees of DHL, was laid off. Harder still to believe, possibly, is the fact that I do not have a job yet. It’s not an…

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Re: My Liberation

by The Inmate Well, well, well.  Here I sit a month-and-a-half after being laid off attempting to do a little reflection on that strangest of days(Sept. 2, 2003) and what has transpired since then. One of the most common things said by upper management in defense of layoffs is that it had to be done…

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Re: Layoffs

by The Inmate Termination Guidelines 1. The termination meeting should last no more than 5 to 10 minutes. 3. Avoid any small talk 4. The downsized employee should clearly understand that he or she is being fired and this will be his or her last day of work. 5. Have Kleenex available 10.  Remain calm…

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Re: A Memo

by The Inmate Note: What follows is a memo I posted and passed out at my place of employment after the efficiency experts(sometimes called auditors or engineers) invaded our station to make us more efficient.  So, what did they come up with?  We were told that we must work with our backs to one another…

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Corporate America: Reflections from the Bottom of the Totem Pole

By Brad Hannah Like anyone, I had my fair share of crappy, thankless jobs in high school. If you’ve never had such a job, if by some burp in the universe you’ve avoided the rigors of the after-school/weekend register jockey position your whole life, I highly recommend that you apply at your local Taco Bell…

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Re: Engineers, Technocrats and Common Sense

by The Inmate Managers and engineers have always doubted how much knowledge workers have. . . .  [Their] belief in the superiority of their knowledge is a result of how Western scientific society has defined knowledge.  According to this conventional view, knowledge is abstract in nature and takes the form of a general scientific law. …

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Re: On Being Weak

by The Inmate . . . I am inclined to think that the final judgment of any particular type of culture is what type of men and women it turns out. —Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living I am a weak person.  I admit this shamefully.  For some years now I have been looking for…

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Re: Exempt Employees Fight Back?

by The Inmate I am quite sure that amidst the hustle and bustle of American life, there is a great deal of wistfulness, of the divine desire to lie on a plot of grass under tall beautiful trees of an idle afternoon and just do nothing. —Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living Recently the Los…

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Re: Corporate Scatology

by The Inmate Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language, we have jargon; instead of principles, slogans; instead of genuine ideas, Bright ideas. —Eric Bentley I received the news this week that our CEO will be leaving Cheetah Express.  I’m not sure what this means.  My best guess is that he was fired…

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Re: What? Me, Worry?

by The Inmate The new leadership will give us Network consistency–no more regional ‘I’ll do it my way’ thinking at the detriment of other regions. —A Senior Executive commenting on our new Executive Chairman I have worked for the same company for nearly fifteen years and during those fifteen years I have often heard the…

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